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Poll: How long after you wake up in the morning before you are at work translating?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:25
Spanish to English
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Varies Sep 24, 2017

Usually about an hour. However, if I have a lot of work on, or a job I'm particularly keen on, I might start within ten or fifteen minutes. And, on the rare occasions when I don't have any pressing work to do, I might faff about for another an hour or so looking at newspapers or blogs or whatever...

 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:25
English to Spanish
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Faffing right now Sep 24, 2017

Since I'm not a morning person, I take about 2-5 hours to get started. Yeah, yeah, you'll tell me I can't hold a job acting like that.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 23:25
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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It varies from day to day Sep 24, 2017

Let’s say that it could be between 10/15 minutes and an hour or so, depending if I have a tight deadline or not. I have my alarm set for 7.30 to take my medicine, but I don't get up then, I like to enjoy an hour in bed. So I’ll be up anytime between 8 and 9 am. I turn my PC on as soon as I got out of bed and I’ll start preparing my breakfast (orange juice, tea, scrambled eggs and toasts, followed by an espresso coffee). In the meanwhile, I’ve checked my email and watched the news. If I have an ongoing or new job I get on with it still in my nighties for two or three hours, at which point I shower, get dressed and it will be about time to fix lunch…

 

Joohee Kim  Identity Verified
South Korea
Local time: 07:25
Member (2017)
English to Korean
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Basically I'm not a morning person... Sep 24, 2017

But it varies from day to day. My sleep habit depends on the deadline.

 

Carl Carter
Germany
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German to English


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Two o the answers mean the same thing Sep 24, 2017

"A couple of hours" means the same thing as "a few hours" in my opinion (in British English, at least). "One or two hours" would have been better as one answer.

 

Jessica Ordman  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 00:25
Member (2013)
Italian to English


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I work nights Sep 24, 2017

I work nights (after my two small children have gone to bed), so the question is actually how long after I've finished working do I go to bed....

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:25
Member (2009)
English to German
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It depends Sep 24, 2017

It depends on several factors, e. g. appointment, deadlines, how late I worked the previous night. But there is not time factor, really, since it's not a 9 - 5 job.icon_smile.gif

 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 08:25
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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I am a morning person Sep 24, 2017

Usually about 15 minutes.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:25
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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It varies Sep 24, 2017

I start by reading my e-mail first. That can take a while. There can be many interruptions during the day.

 

Gudrun Maydorn  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:25
Member (2008)
English to German
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Over an hour when kids were small Sep 25, 2017

Those who start work a longer time after waking up may well be busy doing other essential tasks. Think of parents who have to get kids off to kindergarten or school.

 

Sarah Brodacz  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:25
English to German
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I am a morning person and like to have a certain structure Sep 25, 2017

In my first year as a freelancer, I worked without a certain structure, i.e. no fixed time frame, often in the evenings, often on weekends but enjoyed meeting friends and family or going shopping when others use to work. But it actually stressed me, and when I took a break to go swimming with a friend, it increasingly annoyed me that I had to get back to work afterwards while she enjoyed her leisure time (we went swimming after her work but that was in the middle of my working day).
So I started to structure my day - separating work and the life beyond a bit more. My dog helped me with that as she also needs a certain structure for walks and play time and rest.
In the morning, I get up, go for a walk with the dog and then have breakfast and a little newspaper time. This usually takes about an hour and a half before you'll find me start my PC - and I've already had a good time outside and a little quality time then.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 00:25
Member (2008)
English to Italian
Other Sep 25, 2017

Wake up at 5:50,
start working at 6:00
break at 7:00
Kids leave to school at 7.45
back to work at 8:00


 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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Varies, obviously Sep 25, 2017

Peculiarities of flexible scheduling and freelancing...

Gianluca, once I also was like you, but no reason to... for now.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:25
Member (2006)
German to English
Other Sep 25, 2017

This does vary, but if nothing is in the way, I am as fit a s fiddle as soon as I wake up and I generally get stuck into my work straight away - after making a morning coffee.

 
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